Surgical Steel 316L
Surgical steel 316L, originally used in medical implants (e.g. artificial joints), has now become the most important material for piercings. It is characterized by its extremely shiny surface with practically no uneven traces. Surgical steel is also very scratch-resistant.However, it is not advisable to use surgical steel for first-time piercings since its nickel component as part of the alloy may become active when in contact with the sore salt of a newly pierced skin (we recommend to use Titanium G23 or Bioplast instead). Surgical steel can be worn without any trouble once the piercing hole is healed because Nickel cannot be absorbed by the body anymore. Allergies to surgical steel 316L are rare.
Enamel is a silicate glass mass made out of quartz sand, potash, natron and chalk. This mass is used as glaze on metals and ceramic surfaces and is fuzed at a very high temperature. Colours, level of transparency and surface gloss can vary depending on the additives used. This is why enamel jewels may be opaque or transparent. It is impossible to see the metal surface on opaque enamels. On transparent enamels, on the other hand, the metal under the enamel glaze is visible.